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May 10, 2024

The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan ~ a Review

by MK French

Cecelia never thought she'd ever return to Dune Cottage but needs an escape from her own seventeenth birthday party. The Cape Cod locale is full of memories from her volatile marriage, but also medical school dropout Lily, who has been staying in the cottage and cleans it. The two are off to an awkward start, but Cecelia lets Lily stay and the two strike an unlikely friendship. It's tested when Cecelia's grandson arrives, and he turns out to be Lily's crush. Lily must learn to live life on her own, while Cecelia must learn to let go of the past. 

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book cover of women's fiction novel The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan
May 2024; Canary Street Press; 978-1335474940
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); women's fiction

Cecelia and Lily aren't the only ones that are at a crossroads. Cecelia hid the negative aspects of her husband and marriage from her daughter Kristen, who idolized him. That same daughter has issues in her own marriage and is as distant from her two adult children and their emotional problems. Lily had been the best friend to Cecelia's granddaughter, who continued with medical school and doesn't understand the dropping out decision. While we get primarily Cecelia's and Lily's perspectives, we do see Kristen's POV and the changes that come in the wake of various losses. They all reevaluate what they thought mattered, and decide the best way to move forward. The end pulls all the threads together for a happily ever after, which is a heartwarming conclusion for all of them. It's an emotional and comforting story and a great lead-up to summer. 

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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